El Sistema Nacional de Acreditación (SINAES), the National Accreditation Service of Costa Rica, and Universidad Latina de Costa Rica organized an international forum, “University Accreditation: Opportunities and Challenges for Costa Rica.” The forum took place at the university’s San Pedro campus on May 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
With a focus on helping to support the continued development of Costa Rica’s higher education system, the organizations created the forum to bring international experts to the region to share information on the accreditation systems in use around the world.
For Álvaro Cedeño, president of the SINAES, the forum took place at an ideal time. “This is a topic we are currently addressing and fortunately Universidad Latina took the opportunity to organize this event and we were very excited to be invited to participate. We think for the country the introduction of university accreditation is vitally important. We hope the forum will help us align everybody behind university accreditation,” he stated.
The forum included panels with international education experts like Flor Cubero, from the Costa Rican Ministry of Education, and Rosa Monge, president of the UNIRE. Ralph Wolff, the former president of regional accreditation agency the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and Anthony McClaran, executive president of the QAA in the United Kingdom presented at the forum, among many other experts from Laureate International Universities institutions. Costa Rica's Minister of Education, Sonia Marta Mora Escalante, also attended the forum and discussed the country's accreditation system. Clotilde Fonseca, rector of Universidad Latina, and Cedeño hosted the event.
“For Universidad Latina, organizing the event was a great opportunity to align our vision with SINAES. We believe the university’s public and social mission are incredibly important. We think it will be critical for private universities to be an active participant and that we have the systems to ensure graduates are developing the skills they will need to be successful,” said Fonseca.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.